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Vargas, Suzuki Power Twins Over Royals, 8-5

Vargas, Suzuki Power Twins Over Royals, 8-5Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas and catcher Kurt Suzuki each blasted a two-run home run as Minnesota (3-6) took care of the Kansas City Royals (7-2) on Thursday afternoon, 8-5. Trailing the Royals 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Vargas took a 1-1 offering from Royals starter Jason Vargas (1-1) and sent it over the left-field wall. He would finish the day 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs. Twins starter Tommy Milone (2-0) allowed three earned runs on seven hits across 5 1-3 innings of work. Closer Glenn Perkins recorded the game’s final two outs to picked up his second save of the year . Outfielder Lorenzo Cain put Kansas City on the board first with a two-run blast. He finished the contest 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/9/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/9/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Detroit Tigers 7 (3-0) – Minnesota Twins 1 (0-3) Cincinnati Reds 3 (3-0) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (0-3) Kansas City Royals 4 (3-0) – Chicago White Sox 1 (0-3) New York Mets 6 (2-1) – Washington Nationals 3 (1-2) Cleveland Indians 5 (2-1) – Houston Astros 1 (1-2) San Francisco Giants 1 (3-1) – San Diego Padres 0 (1-3) Texas Rangers 10 (2-2) – Oakland Athletics 1 (2-2) Boston Red Sox 6 (2-1) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (1-2) Toronto Blue Jays 6 (2-1) – New York Yankees 3 (1-2) NBA: Chicago Bulls 89 (47-32) – Miami Heat 78 (35-44) NHL:  Ottawa Senators 3 (42-26-13; 97pts) – New York Rangers 0 (52-22-7; 111pts) Carolina Hurricanes 3 (30-40-11; 71pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 1 (33-30-18; 84pts) Florida Panthers 4 (37-29-15; 89pts) – Boston Bruins 2 (41-27-13; 95pts) Montreal Canadiens 4 (49-22-10; 108pts) – Detroit Red Wings 3 (42-25-14; 98pts) OT Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (49-24-8; 106pts) – New Jersey Devils 3 (32-35-14; 78pts) OT St. Louis Blues 2 (50-24-7; 107pts) – Chicago Blackhawks 1 (48-27-6; 102pts) Minnesota Wild 4 (46-27-8; 100pts) – Nashville Predators 2 (47-24-10; 104pts) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Reliever Ryan Madson Makes Royals Opening Day Roster

Reliever Ryan Madson Makes Royals Opening Day Roster Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- More than three years after throwing his last pitch in the Majors, reliever Ryan Madson is getting another chance to revive his career as the Kansas City Royals announced that Madson has made the team's Opening Day roster. “It felt good,” Madson told the Kansas City Star of getting a spot. “I really, genuinely smiled, and had a good moment there.” Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article17468474.html#storylink=cpy Madson last pitched during the 2011 season as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. He was coming off a 32 save season and hit the free agent market as one of the best relievers in the game.  He wound up signing a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, but needed to undergo Tommy John Surgery that same offseason and never pitched for the team. The next offseason he signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels, but again had to sit out the season as he continued to experience elbow pain. Madson decided to sit out in 2014 in hopes of getting healthy enough to give it one more try. He signed a minor league deal with the Royals in January, and will now be part of the defending American League Champions. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

ESPN: Royals Agree to Five-Year Extension with Pitchher Yordano Ventura

ESPN: Royals Agree to Five-Year Extension with Pitchher Yordano Ventura Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After just one full season in Major League Baseball, the Kansas City Royals are making starting pitcher Yordano Ventura a core member of the team. ESPN is reporting that the Royals and Ventura are on the verge of agreeing on a five-year extension worth $23 million. Just 23-years-old, Ventura has already became the ace of the rotation as he will take the ball on Opening Day for the defending American League Champs. In his lone full season in the Majors, Ventura went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA with 159 strikeouts. Ventura also performed well in the postseason, as he pitched seven scoreless innings for the Royals during Game 6 of the World Series. Ventura's rise to the top of the rotation also coincided with the loss of starting pitcher James Shields, who signed with the San Diego Padres during the offseason. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Royals and Hosmer Agree to Two-Year Deal, Avoid Arbitration

Royals and Hosmer Agree to Two-Year Deal, Avoid Arbitration Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer agreed Wednesday to a two-year deal worth $13.9 million. The deal also allowed the two to avoid arbitration. Hosmer's defense was key in their World Series run last year, and he batted .270 with 35 doubles and just nine homers. He also took home a Gold Glove award. The 25-year-old batted .351 with two homers and 12 RBIs in the postseason. Hosmer was drafted with the third overall pick in the 2008 amateur draft by Kansas City. With this deal, Hosmer won't be eligible for free agency until 2018. The Royals avoided an arbitration hearing with all their players this year. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

K.C. Royals & Manager Ned Yost Agree to 1-Year Contract Extension

K.C. Royals & Manager Ned Yost Agree to 1-Year Contract Extension iStockphoto(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Royals and manager Ned Yost agreed to a one-year contract extension on Tuesday, which will keep him on the bench through the 2016 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. This past season, Yost led the Royals to their first World Series appearance since 1985, where they fell to the San Francisco Giants in seven games. Yost took over as manager of the Royals in May 2010 for Trey Hillman. During his tenure in Kansas City, he has posted a record of 373-402. He previously led the Milwaukee Brewers from 2003-2008, where he went 457-502. Yost has the third-most wins in Royals history, trailing only Whitey Herzog (410) and Dick Howser (404). Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Royals Agree on Minor League Deal with Reliever Ryan Madson

Royals Agree on Minor League Deal with Reliever Ryan Madson Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Philadelphia Phillies reliever/closer Ryan Madson hasn't given up on pitching in the Major Leagues as he's agreed on a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training camp. The 34-year-old Madson hasn't thrown a pitch in a Major League game since 2011 when he went 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA to go along with a career-high 32 saves. That offseason, Madson hit the free agent market as he signed a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds worth $8.5 million. He wound up never pitching for the Reds as he underwent Tommy John Surgery in spring training. He tried to make a comeback in 2013 with the Los Angeles Angels, but nothing materialized. He wound up sitting out the entire 2014 season in an attempt to get healthy. Mike Arbuckle, who is now a senior advisor for the Royals, was the Phillies' scouting director in 1998 when the Phillies drafted Madson. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Royals Finalize Two-Year Deal with Edinson Volquez

Royals Finalize Two-Year Deal with Edinson Volquez Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The defending American League Champions have taken a step to bolster their starting rotation, finalizing a two-year deal with free agent starting pitcher Edinson Volquez. Volquez' deal will pay him $20 million during the course of his deal and includes a mutual option for the 2017 season. "I want to be here and help the team win some games, the way they did last year," Volquez told reporters. "We did in Pittsburgh, too, but Kansas City went a little bit farther. They almost won the World Series. Why not do it here?" The 31-year-old Volquez is coming off arguably one of the best seasons of his career. In 32 starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014, he went 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA. "I was really aggressive, attacking the hitter in the strike zone, getting ahead of the count," Volquez explained. "And I controlled a little more my emotions." Volquez will take over the spot recently vacated by free agent James Shields. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Reports: Royals to Sign SP Edinson Volquez

Reports: Royals to Sign SP Edinson Volquez Major League Baseball(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The American League pennant winners are adding to their rotation. Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez will join the Kansas City Royals rotation on a two-year, $20 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.  The right-handed pitcher spent 2014 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was a bounce back season as he posted a 3.04 ERA, 140 strikeouts and a 3.3 BB/ 9 over 192.2 innings pitched. Volquez, 31, had struggled after Tommy John Surgery in 2009. He was suspended for 50 games in 2010 after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. He was then traded to the Padres and had a brief stint with the the Dodgers. In that span, he never posted an ERA better than 4.14. He will likely replace James Sheilds in the Royals rotation as he is expected to leave via free agency.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Royals Agree on One-Year Deal with Outfielder Alex Rios

Royals Agree on One-Year Deal with Outfielder Alex Rios Jason Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Kansas City Royals and outfielder Alex Rios are taking a gamble on each other as they've agreed on a one-year deal worth $11 million. With the loss of Norichika Aoki and Billy Butler, the reigning American League champs needed a boost on offense, and they're hoping that Rios can help fill the void. An 11-year veteran, the 33-year-old Rios is coming off a down season for his standards. While he did hit .280 in 131 games with the Texas Rangers, Rios was held to just four home runs and 17 stolen bases. In 2013, Rios hit .278 with 18 home runs, 81 RBIs, and stole 42 bases while playing for the Rangers as well as the Chicago White Sox. The team also recently agreed on a two-year deal with DH Kendrys Morales to help boost an offense that ranked 14th overall in Major League Baseball in runs scored. In 2014, the Royals made the playoffs for the first time since 1985. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Options Declined on Butler, Markakis, Weeks

Options Declined on Butler, Markakis, Weeks Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Three prominent names in baseball will be looking for work this offseason as Billy Butler, Nick Markakis and Rickie Weeks had contract options declined by their teams. Coming off a heartbreaking game 7 World Series loss, the Kansas City Royals turned down a $12 million option on Butler, their designated hitter and a fan favorite. Butler was a 2012 All-Star when he hit .313 with 29 home runs and 107 RBI. Those numbers have took a sharp dive this season as he hit .271 with nine home runs and 66 RBI.  The Baltimore Orioles chose to buyout the remaining year on outfielder Nick Markakis's contract, choosing to pay him $2 million instead of the full $17.5 million he would have made this coming season.  Markakis had stated that would like to stay in Baltimore and the Orioles would like him to return according to MASN's Roch Kubatko. "Nick is a dependable player and the Orioles would like to continue a relationship with him," said executive vice president Dan Duquette in a text message. The Milwaukee Brewers also chose to save some money by declining the option of second baseman Rickie Weeks that would have seen him earn $14.5 million. Weeks has spent his entire 11-year career with the Brewers but was becoming a part-time player as he has missed at least 40 games in three of the last four seasons for the Brew Crew.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bumgarner Does It Again, Giants Win World Series

Bumgarner Does It Again, Giants Win World Series Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday pitched five innings of scoreless relief on two days' rest to lead the San Francisco Giants to their third World Series title in five seasons. Bumgarner inherited a one-run lead when he came into the game in the fifth inning and maintained it until the end, as the Giants nipped the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7 of the Fall Classic. "This is as good as it gets, World Series Game 7," Bumgarner said. "It's a pretty stressful one at the same time. We're just thankful for the opportunity and we're blessed to have the success that we've had."  The Giants took a quick two-run lead in the top of the second when Michael Morse and Brandon Crawford hit sacrifice flies off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie. The Royals answered back in the bottom half of the inning. Alex Gordon doubled home Billy Butler and then scored on an Omar Infante sac fly to tie the game. Guthrie pitched into the fourth inning, where he allowed two singles and was relieved by Kelvin Herrera. Herrera allowed an RBI single to Morse to give the Giants the lead for good. Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson lasted only 1 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, two runs and one walk, while striking out one, before being relieved by Jeremy Affeldt.  Affeldt pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball to earn the win before giving way to Bumgarner. Bumgarner threw 68 pitches, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out four en route to winning the series MVP. The performance dropped his career World Series ERA to a record-low 0.25. "That first inning that he came out I could tell he was just trying to get loose a little bit," Giants catcher Buster Posey said of Bumgarner's performance. "But after that it was like he was in Game 5. I mean he was just hitting his spots, moving it both sides of the plate, throwing the breaking ball. It's gotta be one of the greatest performances in postseason history." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio    

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/29/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/29/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB - World Series - Game 7: San Francisco Giants 3 - Kansas City Royals 2 (Giants wins World Series, 4-3) NBA: Charlotte Hornets 108 (1-0) – Milwaukee Bucks 106 (0-1) OT Indiana Pacers 103 (1-0) – Philadelphia 76ers 91 (0-1) Boston Celtics 121 (1-0) – Brooklyn Nets 105 (0-1) Miami Heat 107 (1-0) – Washington Wizards 95 (0-1) Toronto Raptors 109 (1-0) – Atlanta Hawks 102 (0-1) Memphis Grizzlies 105 (1-0) – Minnesota Timberwolves 101 (0-1) Chicago Bulls 104 (1-0) – New York Knicks 80 (0-1) NHL: Detroit Red Wings 4 (5-2-2; 12pts) – Washington Capitals 2 (4-3-2; 10pts)  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Royals Stomp Giants, Force Game 7

Royals Stomp Giants, Force Game 7 iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Royals made sure early on their season wouldn't end Tuesday night.The Royals exploded for seven runs in the second inning, chasing San Francisco Giants starter Jake Peavy out of the game, in route to a 10-0 smashing of the Giants to force a Game 7 in the World Series.The Royals' bats, which were mainly held at bay the last three games in San Francisco, came to life in Game 6.All nine Kansas City starters had at least one hit, and seven of them had at least one RBI in the win. "Guys stepped up in a big way tonight," Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain said.Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura pitched seven innings of shutout ball, allowing three hits and five walks, while striking out four.Peavy only lasted 1 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and five runs, ballooning his career World Series ERA to 9.58 in three starts.The do-or-die Game 7 is Wednesday night in Kansas City.Tim Hudson takes the mound for the Giants. He'll be opposed by Jeremy Guthrie. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/28/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/28/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: New Orleans Pelicans 101 (1-0) – Orlando Magic 84 (0-1) San Antonio Spurs 101 (1-0) – Dallas Mavericks 100 (0-1) NHL: Minnesota Wild 4 (5-3-0; 10pts) – Boston Bruins 3 (5-6-0; 10pts) Ottawa Senators 5 (5-2-1; 11pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (4-5-0; 8pts) Pittsburgh Penguins 8 (5-2-1; 11pts) – New Jersey Devils 3 (4-3-2; 10pts) Winnipeg Jets 4 (4-5-0; 8pts) – New York Islanders 3 (6-3-0; 12pts) Philadelphia Flyers 3 (4-3-2; 10pts) – Los Angeles Kings 2 (6-1-2; 14pts) OT Tampa Bay Lightning 7 (6-3-1; 13pts) – Arizona Coyotes 3 (3-4-1; 7pts) Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (4-4-1; 9pts) – Buffalo Sabres 0 (2-8-0; 4pts) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

World Series Game 6 Preview

World Series Game 6 Preview Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, MO) -- The Kansas City Royals title hopes are on the brink with a tough matchup against the San Francisco Giants' Jake Peavy in game six of the World Series. The Royals are nicked up but that won't slow them down according to outfielder Lorenzo Cain. "I'll be ready to go. We're all dealing with stuff right now," said Cain, who has been playing through leg pain. "I've done the best I could to stay healthy and just stay on the field." Even though the Royals smacked four runs in against Peavy in game 2, hitting coach Dale Sveum explained to MLB Network that the pitcher will prove to be a tough matchup the second time around. "He's not going to give in, he's going to keep the ball down," Sveum explained. "He still knows how to pitch. He competes as well as anybody. He's just a guy you are going to have to get up in the zone and be patient on." For the Royals, they will send out Yordano Ventura; a young pitcher that manager Ned Yost believes is ready for the moment." "His confidence is just staggering," Yost said. "You walk in that clubhouse and he looks you square in the eye with that glint that says, 'I'm ready for this.'" Ventura may have the confidence, but as Giants manager Bruce Bochy explains, his team has got the experience. "They're not going to change anything, they're not going to put any added pressure on themselves," Bochy said. "They've been through so much with their history in the postseason." Youthful exhuberance versus established experience.  Game six at Kaufman Stadium should be an entertaining game for any baseball fan.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bumgarner’s Gem Lifts Giants to World Series Lead

Bumgarner’s Gem Lifts Giants to World Series Lead Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Madison Bumgarner tossed a complete game shutout and Brandon Crawford had three RBI's as the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night. With the victory, the Giants are one win away from their third World Series title in five years. "He was on early in the game and didn't have any stressful innings," said manager Bruce Bochy. "This guy was right on tonight. He was strong all night and when this guy is on, it's fun to watch." Bumgarner finished the game with no walks and eight strikeouts, giving up just four hits in the game. The 25-year-old became the first pitcher to toss a complete game shutout in the World Series since Josh Beckett did it for the Florida Marlins in 2003. The Giants ace was aided by a strong effort from his offense. Despite a solid six innings of work by Kansas City's James Shields, San Francisco struck for a run in the second and another in the fourth. Crawford drove in both runs before adding another RBI to his day in the eighth. Juan Perez tripled in the eighth as well, driving in two insurance runs. San Francisco can clinch their third championship in five years when the series returns to Kansas City on Tuesday night. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Giants Rally, Rout Royals to Even Series

Giants Rally, Rout Royals to Even Series Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- After facing an early 4-1 deficit, the San Francisco Giants scored 10 unanswered runs to pick up an 11-4 win over Kansas City in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night. The victory evens the Fall Classic at 2-2 with Game 5 to be played in San Francisco on Sunday. The Giants did get on the board first on a fielder's choice, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Kansas City responded in the third with a four-run inning. Eric Hosmer singled home a run to tie the game before Omar Infante drove in a pair with a base hit of his own, making it a 3-1 Royals lead. Catcher Salvador Perez then added another run with a single into centerfield, chasing San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong. San Francisco's bullpen was able to get out of the inning without further damage, and began the comeback almost immediately. Buster Posey cut the deficit to 4-2 with an RBI single in the bottom of the third, helping to build a rally. That effort was aided by the impressive relief pitching of Yusmeiro Petit, who entered to begin the fourth. Petit tossed three scoreless innings for the Giants while the offense continued to attack. Following a leadoff double in the bottom of the fifth, Jason Frasor was brought on to replace Royals starter Jason Vargas. Two batters later, Hunter Pence singled home Joe Panik to make it a 4-3 Kansas City lead. After another pitching change, San Francisco tied the game with a sacrifice fly from Jose Perez. The game turned in favor of the home Giants in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and the bases loaded Pablo Sandoval singled off reliever Brandon Finnegan, driving in two runs and giving San Francisco a 6-4 advantage. Brandon Belt then added another run on the very next pitch for a three-run lead. The Giants would add four more runs in the seventh, including a two-run double from Panik, to put the game out of reach. With the win, the Series is guaranteed to return to Kansas City. However, a pivotal Game 5 will take place on Sunday night in San Francisco before the trip back to the midwest. The Giants will turn to Madison Bumgarner, who won Game One, while the Royals send James Shields to the hill for the starts. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/25/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/25/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB World Series: San Francisco Giants 11 - Kansas City Royals 4 (Series tied, 2-2) NCAAF Top-25: (1) Mississippi State 45 (7-0) - Kentucky 31 (5-3) (24) LSU 10 (7-2) - (3) Ole Miss 7 (7-1) (4) Alabama 34 (7-1) - Tennessee 20 (3-5) (5) Auburn 42 (6-1) - South Carolina 35 (4-4)  (8) Michigan State 35 (7-1) - Michigan 3 (3-5) (10) TCU 82 (6-1) - Texas Tech 27 (3-5) (11) Kansas State 23 (6-1) - Texas 0 (3-5) (13) Ohio State 31 (6-1) - Penn State 24 (4-3) Double Overtime (15) Arizona 59 (6-1) - Washington State 37 (2-6) (16) Nebraska 42 (7-1) - Rutgers 24 (5-3) (21) Clemson 16 (6-2) - Syracuse 6 (3-5) (22) West Virginia 20 (6-2) Oklahoma State 10 (5-3) (23) Marshall 35 (8-0) - Florida Atlantic 16 (3-5) (25) UCLA 40 (6-2) - Colorado 37 (2-6) - Double Overtime NHL: Buffalo Sabres 2 (2-7-0) - San Jose Sharks 1 (4-4-1) Montreal Canadiens 3 (7-1-0) - New York Rangers 1 (4-4-0) Boston Bruins 4 (5-5-0) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (3-4-1) Philadelphia Flyers 4 (3-3-2) - Detroit Red Wings 2 (4-2-2) New Jersey Devils 3 (4-2-2) - Ottawa Senators 2 (4-1-1) - Overtime New York Islanders 7 (6-2-0) - Dallas Stars 5 (4-2-2) Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (4-2-1) - Nashville Predators 0 (5-1-2) Minnesota Wild 7 (4-2-0) - Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (5-3-1) St. Louis Blues 3 (3-3-1) - Chicago Blackhawks 2 (4-2-1) Arizona Coyotes 2 (3-3-1) - Florida Panthers 1 (2-2-3) - Overtime Washington Capitals 3 (4-1-2, 10 points) - Clagary Flames 1 (5-4-1, 11 points) NASCAR: Darrell Wallace Jr. won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Royals’ Bullpen Lights Out Again, KC Takes 2-1 Series Lead

Royals’ Bullpen Lights Out Again, KC Takes 2-1 Series Lead iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Once again the Kansas City Royals' bullpen proved its worth. Kelvin Herrera, Brandon Finnegan, Wade Davis and Greg Holland combined to pitch four innings of hitless relief to lead the Royals to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants, in Game 3 of the World Series Friday night.  The Royals now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Kansas City headed into the bottom of the sixth with a 3-0 lead. But after starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie let up back-to-back hits, the second being an RBI double by Michael Morse, Royals skipper Ned Yost made the call to his trusty pen. Kelvin Herrera came in first. He walked Gegor Blanco before getting three straight-groundouts, yielding only one run, to preserve the Royals lead. The Giants only had one more baserunner the rest of the way, as the Royals improve their record to 9-1 in this postseason. "This is the way our games have gone all year," Yost said. "I'm getting really good at protecting a one-run lead because a lot of times that's exactly what we have to deal with. "But I have the necessary tools to be able to do that. It's not me doing it. It's the guys that we put out there that are doing it. We have the type of pitchers in our bullpen that can accomplish that." Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain all had RBIs in the win. Giants pitcher Tim Hudson, who was pitching in the first World Series game of his career, went 5 2/3 innings allowing four hits, three runs, one walk while striking out two in the loss. Game 4 is Saturday in San Francisco. The Royals send Jason Vargas to the mound. He'll be opposed by Ryan Vogelsong. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  
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